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  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education; 4 edition (27 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131523597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131523593
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 1.8 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now in its fourth edition, Writing Academic English, by Alice Oshima and Ann Hogue, is the essential writing text to prepare high-intermediate and advanced college or college-bound English language learners for academic success.



  • A step-by-step approach guides students through the process of writing paragraphs and essays.
  • Clear models and varied practice help students to develop confidence and a mature writing style.
  • Examples with academic content prime students for college work.
  • Appendices offer easy reference for key writing, grammar, and research information.

 New to the Fourth Edition

  • A chapter dedicated to each pattern of essay organization
  • A chapter on argumentation and using material from outside sources
  • Thought-provoking readings from authentic sources
  • An expanded chapter on summary and paraphrase
  • Instruction in the basics of research and documentation

Writing Academic English is also available with CriterionSM Publisher's Version, which provides instant online feedback on student writing: 

Students simply submit their writing online and instantly receive personalized feedback on: Grammar, Usage, Style, Mechanics, Organization, and Development (essays only). Students can turn in better writing, and teachers can save time spent correcting drafts.


Click on the "Resources" link to order the edition with CriterionSM Publisher's Version


 The Longman Academic Writing Series also includes:

  • Level 1 Fundamentals of Academic Writing
  • Level 2 First Steps in Academic Writing, Second Edition
  • Level 3 Introduction to Academic Writing, Third Edition

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zg13 on 11 April 2013
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useful book. with many examples for how to write. its for new learners for english writing. for example how to write thesis statements etc
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aki on 3 April 2013
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You can learn Academic English Writing method step by step. Everything of the method is in this book and very useful.
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the teacher reccommend it to me and it is worth reading. it helps u to write academic papers and u will get higher mark if u read it carefully.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
You will use this ALL THE TIME, PEOPLE! 17 Feb. 2011
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Look at the 1, 2, & 3 star reviews. . .those people are commenting primarily on the shipping, or they're unenthusiastic students who have left one-line reviews.

I'm an English instructor. I've taught In 3 different countries, and I currently teach developmental English and English 100-level courses to native speakers and speakers of pidgin, BVE, and various vernaculars. This book is a godsend. I ran across it while in Korea, and I have used it for every class since.

The comma rule simplification in the appendix alone is worth the price of this book. The author breaks all comma rules into 4 basic categories that students can actually understand. Having used books that try to get students to remember 10 + rules for a measly comma, I wish I could kiss the author on the face for making this understandable. It's short enough that students aren't exactly to the REM stage of sleep by the time I'm finished explaining it, but long enough to include all the rules. Some students even actually get it! Hallelujah!

The book also separates organizational tactics (block organization, point-by-point, different types of theses) from grammatical tactics (identifying clauses; frags, ROs, CSs, parallelism; adverbial clauses, etc.), so that you can match chapters to the grammar point - i.e. teach adverbial time clauses with chronological order), or avoid them altogether if you want. The preface offers some suggestions about these types of strategies.

I wish my department would teach with this book, but I don't have tenure so I might as well be begging a wall. If you're contemplating this book or another, get this one.

UPDATE: I got a tenure-track position at a small community college in the U.S. and I'm still using this book. I don't use it as a primary text anymore, but I've not found its equal. It's great for troubleshooting grammatical issues in developmental English classes. When a student comes up to me after class and says, "I just don't get (insert issue not in the scope of the class)," or, "Can I get some extra practice with. . .", I whip out this puppy, look in the index, make a few copies, and BAM, problem solved. Some nontraditional students prefer paper copies, and it's a little more personal than giving them a url and wishing them luck.

The only con is that the layout is dull. Even a font change now and again would liven it up.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Solid, up-to-date Textbook 30 Jun. 2007
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Using this textbook for the first time this year, I found it to be both well organized and contain interesting content, which helped pique the students' interest. After spending much time researching potential texts, this one was by and far the best. I only wish it had come with a teacher's edition providing creative suggestions for proceeding through the book (I'm a new teacher). Still, it has allowed me to organize the class into pairs and groups, when I wish, quite well for the practice exercises in order to create a more relaxed and student centered atmosphere. I also recommend alternating between chapters focusing on paragraph/essay and those on sentence structure. Overall I highly recommend it for upper-intermediate/advanced high school or university students. Very well done!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
ESL Teacher - Teddy 26 Aug. 2011
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I've been using this book for only a couple weeks, but it appears to be exactly (or as near as possible) what I was looking for. I have two grad students whose English is already quite good (CEF C1) but still struggle with their writing. This book goes through the basic dos and don'ts of writing, regardless of academic topics. Having said that, it's not the most user-friendly for the classroom, but then again, writing hardly ever is.
I would recomend this book for self-study as well as tutored study only for students really motivated to improve their writing skills, as it is NOT and ESL book, it's a book on writing.
The drawback is the absence of an answer key, which I only realised when I got it and started using it. Now I have to get the teacher's guide; I've been teaching ESL for 18 yrs, and there are some tricky things in the book which most teachers (not to say all) would benefit from having a proper answer key and coments.
Overall, a good buy!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Awsome English text book 14 May 2011
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The book is awsome for anybody willing to learn how to write an academic English.Everything is explained simply and clearly.Not only non-native English speakers will benefit from this book, but native too can.I highly recommend it for everyone, whether young or adult, male or female, black or white.Dont miss it!
Anas, PhD student.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! 4 Oct. 2012
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Excellent item! I use it for my academic writing course (undergraduate course) and it's an excellent addition to the syllabus. It provides clear explanations and a great amount of exercises. The only thing I do need to stress is that you have to buy the answer key separately.
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